The last time I took a serious look at blu-ray was around 2010, when Avatar was released to home video. I remember seeing a lot of articles about how the movie wouldn't play on a lot of BR players, because of firmware/DRM issues. At the time, it seemed that the PS3 was the only 'future-proof' blu-ray player on the market, and as a non-gamer, I wasn't paying $300 for one of those, especially when DVD was still working great.
Fast forward to 2012 and it seems that movie studios are increasingly trying to entice us DVD-only users to downgrade to the blu-ray format by only including special features in the blu-ray releases. So the question is, is the format ready for prime time yet, or is it still fundamentally broken? What I'm afraid of is buying a standalone BR player, and then buying a new movie 6 months later that requires a firmware update to work, but a firmware update isn't available because the manufacturer has moved on to the newer models.
All I want is a basic player with decent PQ that will play BR movies glitch free, and that I can be sure is going to work, at least until they start screwing with the format again and adding new features.